Applied Music Faculty Biographies
The Music Department provides students the opportunity for private
study of instrumental and vocal performance with the outstanding
faculty in our Applied Music Program. See below for biographies of our applied faculty members.
These faculty members do not have offices at Tufts University, but
can be reached via Edith Auner,
coordinator of applied music.
Pianist Donald Berman is recognized as a chief exponent of
new works by living composers, overlooked music by 20th century masters, and
recitals that link classical and modern repertoires. His 2-volume The
Unknown Ivesand The Uncovered Rugglesrepresents the only recordings
of the complete short piano works of Charles Ives and Carl Ruggles extant. His
recordings also include the 4-CD set Americans in Rome: Music by
Fellows of the American Academy in Rome, The Light That Is Felt: Songs
of Charles Ives(with Susan Narucki, soprano), and Wasting the Night:
Songs of Scott Wheeler.
Recent concerts include premieres of Christopher Theofanidis's
Piano Concerto with orchestras of Belgrade, Columbus, Ohio, and Hartford, CT,
and an electro-acoustic program When Brahma Sleeps presented by (le)
Poisson Rouge (NYC). He is the recipient of the 2010 Classical Recording
Foundation's Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artist Award and the Radcliffe
Fellowship at Harvard University.
Berman teaches at Tufts University and is Treasurer of the Charles
Ives Society and General Editor of Ives's Piano Music. A prizewinner of the
1991 Schubert International Competition, Berman studied with Leonard Shure, John
Kirkpatrick, George Barth, and Mildred Victor. http://www.donaldbermanpiano.com/
Pianist Katherine Chi, firmly established as one of Canada's fastest rising stars,
has performed throughout Europe and North America to great acclaim. "Ms Chi
displayed a keen musical intelligence and a powerful arsenal of technique" notes
the New York Times. Recent and
upcoming performances include her debuts with the San Antonio, Huntsville and
Richmond Symphonies, concerto appearances with the Calgary Philharmonic
Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony and with I Musici de Montréal, and a Washington, DC
recital debut at the National Gallery of Art.
Sought after as a
concerto soloist of musical and technical distinction, Ms. Chi is noted for the
breadth of her repertoire. While hailed for her interpretations of Mozart, she
is also acclaimed for performances of major romantic and twentieth century
concertos. "... the most sensational but, better, the most unfailingly cogent and
compelling Prokofiev's Third I have heard in years" writes the Globe
and Mail. And when Katherine Chi recreated Stockhausen's landmark
for two pianos and electronics the Boston
Globe wrote "when the superb pianists Katherine Chi and Aleksandar
Madzar took on the challenge at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on Sunday,
it was a welcome opportunity: courtside seats at the creation. Chi and Madzar
were ensconced among percussion, microphones, and MIDI controllers ... the form
unfolding like a venerable suite even as it pushes the modernist envelope."
Just a year after her debut recital at the age of nine
Katherine Chi was accepted to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music. She
continued studies at the New England Conservatory in Boston, where she received
her Master's degree, Graduate, Artist Diploma and Doctorate. She later studied
for two years at the International Piano Foundation in Como, Italy, and at the
Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. In 2000, Ms. Chi was named Prize Laureate of
the Honens International Piano Competition and was the first Canadian, and the
first woman, to win this award. She was also a prizewinner at the 1998 Busoni
International Piano Competition. Her debut recording, on the Honens label,
features works of Beethoven and Rachmaninoff and a new album is slated for 2014
Hisako Hiratsuka is a graduate of the Tokyo
University of Arts and Music. She was a very active piano teacher in
Japan prior to coming to the United States in 1989. She enjoys a
fine reputation as a chamber music player and accompanist. Recently,
she has been performing in recitals with her colleagues in the
Baltimore, Washington, Maine, and Boston areas as well as in Tokyo,
Yokohama, and Kamakura, Japan. Her teachers include Victor Rosenbaum
and Yasuko Tani, a former professor at the Tokyo University of Arts
Michael McLaughlin Klezmer Ensemble
Director...Pianist, accordionist, arranger, and composer for the
Klezmer ensemble Shirim and the experimental Klezmer group Naftule's
Dream. Performances on such stages as the Berlin Jazz Festival
('99), the Texaco Jazz Festival ('97, '98) as well as the Ashkenaz
New Jewish Music Festival ('96, '98). Michael holds an MM in
Composition from Tufts University ('99) where he studied with John
McDonald, and a BM in composition from Berklee College of Music in
1993. He is the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist
Grand Award in composition for 2001.
Greg Pauley has been praised by critics for
having "perfect dynamic nuances," being "at all times technically
brilliant," (The Newark Star Ledger) and for "playing with a
maturity that belied his age." (The Portland Press Herald) A native
of Southern California, Mr. Pauley earned his Bachelor's Degree from
the University of Southern California. He also holds a Master's
Degree from Mason Gross School for the Arts at Rutgers University
where he studied with Ilana Vered. Mr. Pauley has performed at Alice
Tully Hall, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall among many others, and has
performed live on radio and television in Vermont, New York, Maine
and Alberta Canada. In addition to performances in New Hampshire,
concerts have taken Mr. Pauley to Florida, Alabama, Kentucky,
Vermont, New York, Michigan, Maine, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and
California. In February of 2000 Mr. Pauley released his first
recording, "What the West Wind Saw," a CD of solo piano music
inspired by elements of nature (earth, wind, fire and water) which
features works by Ravel, Chopin, Beethoven, Debussy and Scriabin. In
addition to his busy performance schedule, Mr. Pauley maintains a
full teaching schedule and is in demand as an adjudicator and Master
Class teacher. Mr. Pauley lives with his family in Concord, New
Hampshire where is on the piano faculty at St. Paul's School and the
Concord Community Music School.
Andrew Rangell is a graduate of the Julliard
School, earning a doctoral degree in piano under Beveridge Webster.
He made his New York debut as winner of the Malraux Award concert
Artists Guild and has since performed throughout the United States,
with subsequent New York recitals at the Metropolitan Museum of Art,
the 92nd Street Y and Columbia's Miller Theater. From 1977 to 1985
he was resident artist and principal piano instructor at Dartmouth
College, and a frequent guest with some of New England's foremost
performing groups and festivals.
Thomas Stumpf received his degrees in piano
performance from the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and the New
England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He won concerto
competitions at both institutions, and was awarded the Bösendorfer
Prize (Vienna, 1970) and the Lilli Lehmann Medal (Salzburg, 1972).
His performing career has taken him across four continents and he is
featured on six CD's. Stumpf's repertoire ranges from Bach to the
avant-garde; he has conducted several Mozart concerti from the
keyboard, and performed the complete solo piano works of Mozart at
Boston University during the 1991-92 season and at UMassLowell in
2006-7. He has premiered many compositions by contemporary American
composers and has performed with such luminaries as Rita Streich,
Edith Mathis, D'Anna Fortunato, Richard Stoltzman, Jack Brymer,
Walter Trampler and Leslie Parnas. He has also appeared with the
HongKong Philharmonic, the Boston Pops Orchestra (under Arthur
Fiedler), Alea III (under Theodore Antoniou), and numerous other
ensembles. Stumpf's compositions have appeared on concert programs
in Boston, throughout the U.S. as well as in Germany and the
U.S.S.R.; in 1992 he won the Kahn Award for his music theater
project "Dark Lady," one section of which was recorded on the Neuma
label by soprano Joan Heller. Most recently his choral work "Though
I walk" was premiered at St. Bartholomew's in New York City by the
Pharos Music Project. He is Director of Music at Follen Church in
Lexington MA, where he has conducted many major choral works. His
experience at Follen has led to his first book: a collection of
essays entitled "A Sounding Mirror: Courage and Music in our Time,"
published in 2005 by Higganum Hill Books. He is also the co-founder
and Artistic Director of Prism Opera, and has conducted and directed
Mozart's "La Clemenza di Tito" (in his own translation), as well as
operas by Britten, Vaughan-Williams and Holst. Stumpf has taught
piano at the New England Conservatory, UMassLowell (where he was
head of the keyboard department), and Boston University (where he
was Chair of the Collaborative Piano Department). He regularly gives
master-classes at the Musikschule in Mannheim, Germany.
Charles Blandy has been critically praised for his
performances in Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream and Berio's
Sinfonia at Tanglewood. He was in the premiere of Osvaldo Golijov's
opera Ainadamar at Tanglewood and Los Angeles. The year 2005
included two appearances with Opera Boston, in Offenbach's La Vie
Parisienne and Glück's Alceste. In 2006 he will sing Tamino in
Mozart's /The Magic Flute/ with Emmanuel Music in Boston. Mr. Blandy
has sung Handel's /Messiah /with the Charlotte Symphony, premiered
Jorge Liderman's Song of Songs with the San Francisco Contemporary
Music Players, and performed Britten's St. Nicolas, conducted by
Raymond Leppard. He frequently performs works of Bach with Emmanuel
Music in Boston, and he has sung several works with the Cantata
Singers under David Hoose and John Harbison. He studied at Indiana
University (Masters), Oberlin College, the Britten-Pears School in
England, and Tanglewood, where he was the recipient of the Grace B.
Jackson prize. He is a native of Troy, NY.
Andrea Ehrenreich, Soprano
Andrea Ehrenreich has appeared in recital throughout the United
States, as well as in Germany, Austria, France, Ireland, Poland,
Hong Kong, Indonesia, New Zealand and India. She has appeared as a
guest soloist with such highly acclaimed organizations as the
Cleveland Orchestra, the Sinfonieorchester Leonberg, the Miami
Symphony, the St. Cecilia Orchestra of Dublin, the Boston Chamber
Orchestra, the Stuttgarter Bach Collegium, the Back Bay Chorale of
Boston, the MIT Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and with
the Buffalo Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and Summer Pops
As an advocate of American music, Ms. Ehrenreich has toured the
South Pacific and the Far East under the auspices of the United
States Information Agency's Artistic Ambassador Program. The recital
tour included highlights from American opera, art song, and musical
theatre. Ms. Ehrenreich gave concerts in New Zealand, Indonesia and
India to enthusiastic critical acclaim.
Her extensive oratorio credits include performances of Orff's
Carmina Burana with the Back Bay Chorale of Boston, Handel's Messiah
with the Stuttgarter Bach Collegium and the Miami Symphony, Haydn's
Creation and Brahms' Requiem with the St. Cecilia Orchestra of
Dublin, Haydn's Theresienmesse with members of the New World
Symphony, Goodman's Kaddish at Marsh Chapel at Boston University,
the Mozart Requiem with the Cleveland Orchestra's PAND Festival,
Haydn's The Seasons with Assabet Valley Mastersingers, as well as
the Bach's Magnificat and the Vivaldi Gloria. Recently, Ms.
Ehrenreich performed Samuel Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op.
24 with the Tufts University Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Ehrenreich has
been featured on live radio broadcasts of National Public Radio, Art
of the States, RTHK-Hong Kong, and the internationally syndicated
‘Voice of America'.
As a promoter of new music, Ms. Ehrenreich has premiered works
composed expressly for her by Andrew Vores, Donald Hagar, Marusya
Nainggolan, David Gallagher, Uli Süsse, and Mathias Schneider. In
addition to numerous performances of contemporary music, she has
also premiered works by John McDonald, Marti Epstein, Persis Vehar,
John Yukashi and Julian Wachner.
Ms. Ehrenreich has enjoyed success in the operatic field as well.
Her most recent performances include the roles of "Marie" in The
Bartered Bride by Smetana, "the First Lady" in Mozart's The Magic
Flute, "Norina" in Donizetti's Don Pasquale, and "Susanna" in
Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro.
Thomas Gregg, Applied Music Instructor. Voice.
DMA in Vocal Performance, The Ohio State University, 1989.
Performance experience: Handel & Haydn Society and King's Chapel
choirs in Boston, numerous recitals, solos in opera and oratorio nationwide,
Schubert-Institute in Austria, historical music ensembles, new songs by
Commercial recordings: Bach's "Christmas Oratorio" (1999), modern works
with the Trinity Choir of Boston (1999), German Lieder with single-action
harp, duo DoubleAction (2005), Mozart "Mass in c minor" and "Requiem" with
the Handel & Haydn chorus (2010/11), and song cycle "Autumnal Raptures"
by composer Larry Bell (2012).
Teaching experience: vocal repertoire and pedagogy courses and workshops,
musical theater and classical studio voice
Fellowships and Grants: Aston Magna Academy, Bach Aria Institutes,
NATS Intern Program. Appointed 2002.
Carol Mastrodomenico -Opera Ensemble Director,
M.M. in Vocal Performance, M.M. in Vocal Pedagogy, New England
Conservatory. Ms. Mastrodomenico is an active performe and teacher
in the Boston area. Her recital credits include: Tanglewood Music
Center, Jordan Hall in a program of works by composer David Leisner,
Warebrook Contemporary Music Festival, 1794 Meeting House Concert
Series in New Salem, and the Music at Noon Concert Series at the
Swedenborg Chapel. She was heard as Adele in Die Fledermaus, and
Clorinda in Cenerentola at Longwood Opera, Pamina in Die Zauberflote
with Hillman Opera, and Princess Toto and Columbine with Royal
Victorian Opera Company. In addition to Tufts University, she is
presently on the faculties of Boston College, and the University of
Massachusetts at Boston.
Ronald Haroutunian, B.M., New England Conservatory. Studied with
Sherman Walt and Matthew Ruggiero. Performs regularly with the
Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Boston Ballet, Pro Arte Chamber
Orchestra, New Hampshire Symphony, and numerous other organizations
throughout New England. He has appeared with the Boston Symphony and
Boston Pops Orchestras. He has recorded with Philips, Opus One,
Golden Crest, CRI and Albany records. Mr. Haroutunian has served on
the faculty of Hartt School of Music and also has served as
principal bassoon with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.
Diane Heffner is an active freelance clarinetist and
teacher on both modern and historical instruments. She plays period
clarinets with Boston Baroque, Handel & Haydn Society, Arcadia Players,
and Philharmonia Baroque (San Francisco).
As a modern clarinetist Ms. Heffner performs regularly with Dinosaur Annex
Music Ensemble, Alea III, Solar Winds, Alcyon Chamber Ensemble. In addition
to Tufts University Ms. Heffner is on the applied faculty at the Cambridge
School of Weston and the All-Newton Music School and has been a chamber music
coach at both the Chamber Music Center of the East and the Wellesley Composers
Confrernce. She received both BM and MM degrees with honors from the New England
Conservatory where she studied clarinet with Joseph Allard and chamber music
with Rudolph Kolisch and Leonard Shure.
The New York Times wrote of Nina Barwell's debut recital in Carnegie Recital
Hall that "her playing reflected the skill and assurance of a seasoned performer, "
and "she played beautifully." She plays in Symphony New Hampshire and actively
freelances in Boston. Ms. Barwell has performed with the San Diego Symphony for
a summer season and was director of the Late Spring Baroque Festival in
residence at the Brookhaven National Laboratories. She performed for two summers
at the Bach Aria Festival, Stony Brook, N.Y. She played numerous solo recitals
on WGBH Radio and at Jordan Hall, and
performed at Tanglewood with the Berkshire Music Center Orchestra.
Ms. Barwell teaches
flute and conducts the flute ensemble at Tufts University, and teaches at the
New England Conservatory- Preparatory School and at the Walnut Hill School for
the Arts. She has taught at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, Ohio
University School of Music, and Boston University School of Music.
Nina Barwell is a
graduate of the New England Conservatory and received a M.M. from SUNY, Stony
Brook. She received a Fulbright Grant to Paris, France. Her teachers include
James Pappoutsakis, Jean Pierre Rampal, and Samuel Baron. In 2013 she completed
her book,James Pappoutsakis, His Artistry and Inspired Teaching, Transcribed,
Edited, and Annotated by Nina Barwell.
Lynn Jacquin, B.M., New England Conservatory of Music, where she is
now Woodwind Chamber Music Chair of the Extension Division. She is
also on the faculty of the Longy School of Music. Ms. Jacquin was a
founding member of Oboe International and E.L.M. (Everybody Loves
Music), and has appeared as soloist and chamber music player in
North and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. She is an
active free-lance and chamber music player in the Boston area, and
has performed with the Cantilena Quintet, Alea III, Boston Lyric
Opera, Boston Ballet, Opera New England, and Bank Boston Celebrity
Soloists Youth Concerts with Bassoon Chamber Players. Ms. Jacquin
has also coached music at the Wellesley Composers Conference and was
guest lecturer in Brizal under the Auspices of the Fulbright
Philipp A. Stäudlin
a native of Friedrichshafen, Germany has appeared as a soloist with numerous
orchestras and ensembles throughout Germany and Switzerland, including the Basel
Symphony, the Niederrheinische Synphoniker, and the Bielefeld Orchestra. He has
performed hundreds of concerts as a chamber musician in Germany, Switzerland,
Russia, Austria, Sweden, France, Italy, Japan, and in the U.S., as well as
performing at mayor music festivals in Schlesswig-Holstein, Tanglewood, and at
Gidon Kremer's Lockenhaus Festival. He was invited to be the representative of
German musical culture on a visit to South Korea and Mongolia with
Bundespresident Roman Herzog.
Mr. Stäudlin has won many awards as both a saxophone soloist and chamber musician.
As the youngest competitor, Stäudlin won First Prize in the Gustav Bumcke
International Saxophone Competition. As a member of the New Art Saxophone
Quartet he has received First Prize in the Chamber Music Competition of the
German Music Foundation and the Artist in Residence newcomer's award with German
Radio, in which Jessye Norman received the main award.
Graduated from Basel Musikhochschule in 1999, Stäudlin received a Soloist Diploma with
Honors, having studied with Marcus Weiss and Iwan Roth. Philipp A. Stäudlin has
been funded by a full scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service
(DAAD) to study with Kenneth Radnofsky at Longy School of Music, where he
received the Artist Diploma and the Victor Rosenbaum Medal as the most
outstanding student in 2002.
teaches as the applied faculty at Tufts University and at MIT. He is the soprano
saxophonist of the Radnofsky Quartet.
During the past few years, Stäudlin premiered more than fifty works.
Current CD releases on the Ars Musici, Enja, Newport Classics, Albany, Innova,
is a founding member of the mixed
instrumentation chamber group Radius Ensemble, and performs often in
the greater Boston area. She holds the position of
principal horn with the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra and Lexington Symphony
and freelances with other orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra,
Hartford Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and Portland Symphony Orchestra.
Anne plays throughout New England with the wind quintet Vento Chiaro, which is
in residence at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute every summer. She
maintains a private teaching studio in Somerville, MA, teaches horn at U Mass
Boston, and is on faculty at the Preparatory and Continuing Education Divisions
of the New England Conservatory. Anne holds degrees from Oberlin College and New
Robert Couture is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of
Music, and principal trombone at Boston Ballet, Boston Lyric Opera, Handel and
Haydn Society, and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra. He has performed and toured
with the Boston Pops Orchestra and recorded with the Boston Ballet, New England
Ragtime Ensemble, Boston Pops, Boston Camerata, Boston Modern Orchestra Project,
Dinosaur Annex, and Handel and Haydn Society to name a few. One recording with
the Handel and Haydn Society, Lamentations and Praisesby John Tavener,
won Grammies in 2003 for best chamber composition and best performance by a
chamber orchestra. Another recording with the New England Ragtime Ensemble is
featured in the Ken Burns documentary, Jazz, where you can hear Mr.
Couture's trombone solo in Jelly Roll Morton's Smokehouse Blues. In
addition to Tufts University, Robert serves on the adjunct faculty at Wellesley
College. He is also Vice President of the Boston Musicians' Association.
Dana Russian, B.A., Colby College, Waterville, Maine. He has
performed with the Boston Pops, Boston Ballet, the Harvard Chamber
Orchestra, and Rhode Island Philharmonic, and is currently a member
of the Springfield Symphony and the Beacon Brass Quintet.
Michael S. Milnarik has performed in Canada, Italy, Japan and
throughout the United States. He is a member of Innovata Brass & Percussion,
Brass Sect. Keys & Brass, Cosmopolitan Tuba Quartet, Dr. Fidgety Dixieland Jazz
Band, Toobis Groovis, Brass Planet and performs regularly as a soloist.
In addition, he is often heard with most of the orchestras in northern New England,
the Albany Symphony, the Key West Symphony, in new music ensembles, Dixieland bands,
jazz groups and in the recording studio as a session player. Education being very
important to him - in 2006, Michael founded the Cosmopolitan Tuba Euphonium Workshop
summer program - which he ran for seven years. In 2013 he founded the Milnarik Music
Initiative for Performance, Education and Business to help musicians at all levels
navigate the competitive climate of the music business, and in 2014 added the MMI -
Tuba Euphonium Academy and MMI - Brass Splash! Brass Ensemble Academy to the
organization’s offerings - both summer camps for high school, college and
excited part time playing participants.
He runs an online store called TubaStudio.com that carries tubas, euphoniums
and related items. Michael is the tuba and euphonium instructor at Tufts University,
Brandeis University, Salem State University and has a select private teaching studio.
Formerly he taught at the University of Southern Maine for eight years and the
University of Massachusetts Lowell for five years. He has a Master of Music
degree from Boston University and a Bachelor of Music degree from Mansfield
University of Pennsylvania.
Strings & Early Music
Pascale Delache-Feldman, double bassist, was a prizewinner at the
Prague International Chamber Music Competition, received first prize at
the Paris Conservatory with honors and an Artist Diploma from the Curtis
Institute of Music. Called by the NewMusic Connoisseur as having "technical
certainty and musical imagination" and by the Phoenix as "a gifted colorist...
who produced an entire range of orchestral effects", she has soloed with
the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic, North Shore Philharmonic, Greensboro
Festival Orchestra, among others. She has collaborated with Midori,
Joel Smirnoff, Virginia Eskin, Victor Rosenbaum, Dawn Upshaw, the St.
Petersburg, Borromeo and Lark String Quartets. As co-founder of Cello e
Basso with cellist Emmanuel Feldman, they have concertized in the US and in
Europe and have released a new CD on Synergy Classics. She has recorded chamber
works with the Albany, Archetype, Arsis, AFKA and CRI labels. Since2001, she
has been the artistic director of the Boston Bass Bash, an international
festival dedicated to the double bass. She teaches at the Longy School of Music,
Tufts and Brown Universities and Rivers School of Music.
Hailed by John Williams, Grammy award winning composer as "an outstanding cellist and
truly dedicated artist", Emmanuel Feldman has emerged as one of the most innovative
cellists of his generation. Known for his intense soulful playing and a broad range
of repertoire, he enjoys an active career as soloist, chamber musician, recording
artist, champion of new music and educator. He has soloed with the Boston Pops,
Nashville Chamber Orchestra, BMOP, New England String Ensemble and many others.
An avid chamber musician, he was invited to participate in the Marlboro Music Festival,
has collaborated with fellow artists Gilbert Kalish, Richard Stoltzman, Joy Cline Phinney,
Jennifer Frautschi, the Borromeo String Quartet, and soloed with pop and jazz artist Bobby McFerrin.
Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe wrote "Feldman was superb" in his recent Celebrity Series debut.
His solo CD on Albany Records "Rider on The Plains" featuring Virgil Thomson's Cello Concerto
was nominated for a 2008 Grammy award for producer Blanton Alspaugh (producer of the year)
and was called an "excellent recording…the concerto sounds exhilarating in this bracing and
confident performance" by Anthony Tommasini (N.Y. Times). He has also recorded for Naxos,
Arsis Zimbel and Navona. A consummate advocate of new music, Mr.Feldman has premiered
cello works by composers Aaron Kernis, Richard Danielpour, Gunther Schuller, and many others.
Co-founder of Cello e Basso with bassist Pascale Delache-Feldman, they were called
"a musical Lewis and Clark" by NPR's Ron Schacter. He has performed at the Pablo Casals,
Schlesswig Holstein, Yellow Barn, Killington, and Summit Music Festivals. A Curtis Institute
graduate with studies at the Paris Conservatory, Mr. Feldman is also on the cello faculty
at New England Conservatory.
Through his acclaimed performances, teaching, and artistic
directorship, Daniel Acsadi is creating a unique and exciting direction
for the classical guitar. Guided by his wide-ranging interests and
Hungarian-American heritage, Dan's repertoire and research interests link the
great musical traditions of Europe and the Americas. Since winning his first
guitar competition at the age of fifteen, Dan has performed extensively
throughout the United States both as soloist and in chamber ensembles. He
frequently collaborates with guitarists, flutists, violinists/violists, and
vocalists. He has created duo arrangements of 19th-century art songs,
Portuguese fado, Brazilian bossa nova, and American folk
songs. Dan's ongoing project involves arranging to guitar the folk-inspired
classical music of Hungary. As director of the Boston Classical Guitar Society,
Dan is building an energetic network of professionals, students, and active
audiences through world-class concert series, educational initiatives, and
community activities. He is a former Associate Director of Boston GuitarFest and
a New England Conservatory Teaching Fellow. Beginning his musical studies at
six, Dan earned his Master's and Doctoral degrees from NEC and Bachelor of
Arts from Cornell University, where he double majored in music and economics.
His principal teachers have included Eliot Fisk, Pablo Cohen, John Hall, and Alexandre Pier Federici. He has performed in masterclasses with Leo Brouwer,
Manuel Barrueco, Eduardo Fernandez, Adam Holzman, Bruce Holzman, and Renato
Butturi. Dan is also on the faculty of Longy School of Music of Bard College,
Bridgewater State University, and Powers Music School (Belmont, MA).
Mary Jane Rupert. B.M., Oberlin College. M.M., in Harp and Piano,
Indiana University. D.M., in Piano Performance, Indiana University.
Private harp study with Marcel Grandjany. Ms. Rupert is currently a
faculty member of Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts. Free-lance
harpist and recitalist in the Boston area. Other performances in
Carnegie Recital Hall and the Beijing Concert Hall, China. She has
published an arrangement of The Nutcracker Suite for flute and harp
(or piano) with New Boston Editions.
Harpsichordist and organist,
Frances Conover Fitch has performed and
recorded extensively in Europe and North America. Appreciated as a
particularly sensitive and inventive continuo player, she has
appeared as a guest musician with many internationally known
performers. She has made more than a dozen commercial recordings and
numerous recordings for American and European radio stations. Ms.
Fitch served on the faculty of the Longy School of Music for many
years, and currently teaches at New England Conservatory and Tufts
University. She recently was Guest Professor for a semester at
Ferris University in Yokohama, Japan.
Scott Woolweaver, B.M., graduated with distinction from the University
of Michigan School of Music before moving to Boston for graduate
work with Walter Trampler. He was founding member of the Boston
Composers String Quartet, which won the silver medal at the 1993
String Quartet and Chamber Music Festa in Osaka, Japan, and with the
Quartet, performed across the United States and Europe. He is
violist of the award-winning New England Piano Quartette, Boston's
Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, and he spends his summers at
the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park (CO) Chamber Music
Festival, and the Adult Chamber Music Seminar at the Interlochen
(MI) Arts Camp. A champion of twentieth century music, Mr.
Woolweaver has premiered numerous works for the viola, many of which
were written for him. He is also a faculty member of the All Newton
Music School, the University of Massachusetts and has recorded for
Orion, Koch International, TelDec, Audiofon, Albany Records, Decca
and Northeastern Records.
Viola da Gamba/Recorder
Jane Hershey, Director of the Early Music Ensemble, studied at The
Hague conservatory with Sigiswald and Wieland Kuijken, and Frans
Bruggen. As a member of the Boston Camerata from 1982 to 1987, she
toured in the US and Europe, and recorded with Erato, Harmonia Mundi
and Nonesuch; as a viol and violin player she has performed with the
Aston Magna Festival, New England Bach Festival, Handel and Haydn
Society, Hesperus, LiveOak, Emmanuel Music and the Smithsonian
Chamber Orchestra. She performs regularly with New Quartet, Arcadia
Players, and with Laura Jeppesen at the MFA in Boston; as a duo with
Ms. Jeppesen, she can be heard on the new CD Music for Viola da
Gamba on Titanic. Active as a workshop director for the Viola da
Gamba Society-New England, Ms. Hershey is on the faculties of the
Longy School of Music and the Powers Music School.
Joanna Kurkowicz. A prize winner in numerous competitions
and praised in the magazine Gramophone for her ‘disciplined virtuosity', the
Polish-born violinist Joanna Kurkowicz enjoys an active and versatile career as
a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and concertmistress. She has performed
worldwide in such venues as Carnegie Hall in New York, Jordan Hall in Boston,
and the Große Saal, Salzburg, and has appeared as a soloist with, among others,
the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, New England
String Ensemble, Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, San Luis Obispo Symphony, Poznań
Philharmonic Orchestra, and Polish National Radio Orchestra in Katowice, as well
as with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra in which she currently serves as
concertmistress. She holds the position of Artist in Residence at Williams
College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and serves on the faculty at Tufts
University. She is also a frequent coach at the New England Conservatory of
Music. Joanna Kurkowicz is a strong advocate of contemporary music and has
premiered many works by living composers and made many recordings on such labels
as Chandos, Bridge, Centaur, CRI, Albany, New World , Neuma, Capstone and
Archetype. Her Chandos recording of Violin Concertos Nos 1, 3, and 7 by Bacewicz
was awarded a ‘Golden Tuning Fork' by the magazine Diapason d'or and reached No.
6 on Amazon's chart of Best Classical Albums in 2009. A founding member and
artistic advisor for the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston, she has been a guest
artist at the Mozarteum Festival in Salzburg, Ravinia Festival, Bargemusic in
New York, Asia Pacific Festival in Wellington, Rockport Chamber Music Festival,
and Marthas's Vineyard Chamber Music Society, among others. Joanna Kurkowicz
plays a violin made by Pietro Giovanni Guarneri in 1699.
Sarita Uranovsky, a native of Cape Town, South
Africa enjoys a varied career as soloist, chamber musician,
teacher and orchestral musician. Since her debut at the age of 15,
she has appeared as soloist and in recital with, among others,
Boston University, Cape Town, Richmondshire and the Royal Scottish
Academy of Music and Drama Symphony Orchestras. Sarita has been
Concertmaster of Orchestra Geminiani de Fallonica (Italy), the RSAMD
Symphony Orchestras and Assistant Concertmaster of the Cape Symphony
Orchestra. She can be seen performing regularly in groups around
Boston including Boston Musica Viva, the Cantata Singers, Boston
Modern Orchestra Project and the Boston Pops. Ms. Uranovsky is a
founding member and violinist of Boston based group, MONTAGE Music
Society. She has recorded and broadcast for both the BBC and SABC.
Sarita has performed in concert for HRH Prince Charles, HRH Princess
Anne and at the church of St-Martin-in-the-Fields. Ms. Uranovsky
teaches at Tufts University, is teaching Assistant to Bayla Keyes at
Boston University and serves on the faculty of MIT's Emerson
Joe Galeota, Jr. (focusing on African/Brazilian percussion) -
B.M., Berklee College of Music, studied Ethnomusicology at the University
of Ghana (West Africa); M.A., Wesleyan University, 1985. Assistant
Professor of Music, Berklee College of Music. Percussionist for
Spirit of Africa and the Radicals World Tour 1994-1996. Consultatn
and recording artist for movie soundtrack for Indiana Jones and the
Temple of Doom (Lucas Films). Owner of West African Drum company Jag
Originally from Brazil, Renato Malavasi has been performing and
studying the drum set since 1988. Recipient of Berklee College of Music Best
Scholarship, where he graduated from in 2000, Renato currently resides in Boston,
and shares the stages of the New England area with some of the most unique musicians.
His performances range widely from instrumental Jazz Trios, Quartets, Quintets,
and Big Bands to accompanying Jazz Singers. Other performances, recordings,
and experiences include projects with Brazilian and Afro Cuban groups as well.
He has also toured and given clinics in Japan. Before coming to Boston in 1997,
Renato performed extensively throughout Brazil accompanying folk singers, and
was also involved in other instrumental projects as a performer and student of
Brazilian music and culture. And since November of 2008, he has been part of the
Education Outreach City Music Boston Program teaching staff. This a program directly
related to and sponsored by Berklee College of Music, with the main goal of reviving
musical education in public schools.
serves as principal percussionist for the Boston Modern Orchestra Project
(BMOP), Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva, Dinosaur Annex Music
Ensemble, and the Opera Boston Orchestra. He works as well with the Boston
Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Boston Ballet Orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber
Orchestra of Boston and the Boston Chamber Music Society. As a timpanist, mallet
specialist and solo percussionist, he has been featured with the Celebrity
Series of Boston on numerous occasions. In 2004, Mr. Schulz received a Grammy
Award nomination for Best Small Ensemble Performance on Yehudi Wyner's The
Mirror (Naxos).That year he also
gave the Boston premiere of Tan Dun's Water Concerto with
BMOP. He has led his own group, the BeatCity Art Ensemble, in performances for
the Celebrity Series, Lincoln Center, and the National Gallery of Art in
Washington, DC. He has toured nationally and internationally with pipa virtuoso
Wu Man and was the featured recitalist for the 2006 CrossSound Festival in
Juneau, Alaska. In 2010 he recorded Kick
and Ride, a concerto for drumset and orchestra written for him by Eric Moe,
scheduled to be released by BMOP Sound in 2011.
Also a virtuoso drumset artist in both solo and ensemble settings, he teaches
all the styles: jazz, big band, pop, funk, afro-latin, theatrical, etc. Schulz
has performed with Dave Brubeck on several occasions, at the Newport Jazz
Festival, with jazz violinist Leroy Jenkins, guitar legend Jim Hall, the San
Antonio Symphony, the Boston Pops, and countless jazz combos, cover bands, and
original music groups over the last 30 years. In his teaching, Bob's focus is on
helping his students develop the fundamental skills and techniques required of
any successful drummer/percussionist working today. The breadth of his
performance experience is matched by few and it is this wealth of experience
that makes him a uniquely gifted educator.
World, Ethnic, Folk, and Traditional
Instruments, Voice, Music
Rich Stillman has taught literally hundreds of students
to play banjo, both face-to-face and worldwide through Internet lessons.
He studied with Tony Trischka, and is a six-time winner of the Lowell Bluegrass
Banjo contest and a two-time New England banjo champion. Rich is a
longtimemember of the perennial New England bluegrass band Southern Rail,
with whom he has recorded four CDs. In the 1990s, Rich founded WayStation,
a band that combined folk and blues material with bluegrass instrumentation.
WayStationtoured for eight years and recorded one successful CD. Along the way,
Rich found time to fill the banjo chair with local favorites Adam Dewey and
Crazy Creek and The Bogus Family, recording two CDs with each, and played
memorable sets with Peter Rowan, James Monroe and the Arlington High School
orchestra. As a teacher, Rich has been on the faculty of Banjo Camp North
for nine of its ten years. The book "Banjo Camp" includes one of Rich's workshops
as well as articles by Pete Seeger, Tony Trischka, Bill Keith and Pete Wernick,
and his book "Bluegrass Banjo from All Sides" was released in September 2012 by
Mel Bay Publishing. Rich has given banjo workshops at many local bluegrass festivals.
He is a student of classic era 5-string banjo and has compiled a CD of fingerstyle
banjo music from the turn of the 20th century. Rich has taught banjo as an adjunct
faculty member at Phillips Andover Academy, and is associated with local teaching
studios at The Music Emporium and The Real School of Music.
Hindustani Music, Voice (Indian Music)
Warren Senders. The artistic traditions of Hindustani music have
been at the core of Warren Senders' life and work since 1977, when
he began his study of Hindustani music with Smt. Kalpana Mazumder.
After living for five years in India and learning from master
teacher Pt. S.G. Devasthali, he is recognized as the foremost
non-Indian performer of Hindustani singing; his concerts in India,
Europe and North America have been widely acclaimed. Warren has
received grants and fellowships including the Indo-American
Fellowship, the Jon B. Higgins Memorial Scholarship for Indian
Music, a Senior Research Fellowship and a Performing Arts Fellowship
from the American Institute of Indian Studies, support for music
composition from Meet the Composer, and travel awards from the Fund
for U.S. Artists. His writing on music has been published by Rhythm
Magazine, Bansuri, the New England Conservatory Journal for Learning
Through Music, and World Rhythm. Mr. Senders is on faculty at the
New England Conservatory of Music and Tufts University.
Cathleen Read, B.A., Mount Holyoke College; Ph.D., Wesleyan
University. Studied sokyoku (koto music) of the Yamada School for
twenty years. In 1974 she became the first foreigner to join a
professional Yamada School musicians' guild, when she was admitted
into the shachu of Nakanoshima Kin'ichi-Sensei, one of Japan's
renowned artists, and given the performing name Ayakano. Ms. Read
has concertized widely in the United States, Japan and West Africa.
Geoff Brown is
an eclectic musician, multi-instrumentalist, teacher, and composer. Gaining most
of his training on mandolin and guitar, he has performed with a wide range of
ensembles including bluegrass, Celtic, Klezmer, folk, funk, jazz, and classical.
As a composer/recording artist, Geoffrey has released nine independent records.
He holds a Performance Certificate from the Guitar Institute of Technology
(Hollywood, CA), a B.A. in Music from Tufts University (Medford, MA), where he
graduated summa cum laude, and a M.M. from Longy School of Music (Cambridge,
MA), where he graduated with distinction. Geoffrey has also authored and
published instructional books for both mandolin and guitar. In addition to
teaching mandolin at Tufts, he has served as faculty at Powers Music School,
Longy School of Music Preparatory and Continuing Studies Program, and the
Cambridge Center for Adult Education. He currently resides in the Boston area
where he teaches, composes, performs, and records with his group Hickory
Strings. For more information, visit www.GeoffBrownMusic.com.
Mal Barsamian represents the third generation of oud (lute) players
in his family. Having obtained his Bachelor's and Master's degrees
in classical guitar performance under Robert Paul Sullivan at the
New England Conservatory of Music, he went on to become a
sought-after player of the oud and dumbeg (hand drum). He has played
within Armenian, Greek, and Middle Eastern musical communities
throughout the country for over thirty years, and also performs on
guitar, clarinet and saxophone. He performed with the late Esber
Korporcu, an important figure in Boston's Middle-Eastern music
community, and has also appeared with Mehmet Sanlikol's Dunya
organization. Mal is a specialist in music written by Armenian
composers active in Istanbul during the later years of the Ottoman
Kareem Roustom is an award-winning composer who has composed music
for film, television, the concert hall and album projects. Steeped
in the musical traditions of the Arab Near East and trained in
Western music, Roustom is a musically bi-lingual composer who has
collaborated with a wide variety of artists ranging from the
Philadelphia Orchestra to Shakira. An active composer of film music,
he has scored a number of short and feature-length films, and his
score for the award-winning documentary Encounter Point earned him
the Best Musical Score Award at the 2006 Bend International Film
Festival. Of his recent score for Amreeka, which premiered at the
2009 Sundance Film Festival, the Hollywood Reporter wrote "Kareem
Roustom's Middle Eastern-flavored score contributes greatly."
Amreeka recently won the Internation Critic's Award at the
Director's Fortnight during the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and will
be released in the USA in September of 2009.
Elizabeth Reian Bennett
is the first woman to be certified a Grand Master of the shakuhachi, which she
has studied with Living National Treasure Aoki Reibo for over 30 years. Since
her debut recital in Tokyo in 1984, Reian Bennett has performed in Japan and
worldwide, from Australia and Europe to
Mexico, Afghanistan and the United States. Tokyo appearances are planned for
every other year; notable venues include Tokyo National Theater and NHK TV. She
has been interviewed on National Public Radio by Faith Middleton of
Fresh Air, Robert J. Lurtsema of
Morning Pro Musica and Richard Knisley
of Classical Performances. Her CD
entitled Song of the True Hand, was nominated 'Instrumental Album of the
Year' by Jon Sobel at Blogcritics Magazine. She teaches privately in the Boston
area and through the world music program at Tufts University. Reian Bennett's
next CD is a set of compositions for the shakuhachi written for her by Tufts
composer John McDonald. www.elizabethreianbennett.wordpress.com
Violin traditions of the World
Beth Bahia Cohen has spent a large part of her career exploring how
the violin is played in various cultures. She was trained as a
classical violinist and violist in NY, getting her Master's Degree
from Manhattan School of Music, and spent several years performing
with numerous symphony, ballet, opera and chamber orchestras in New
York and Europe, as well as in Broadway shows and commercial
Beth then traveled, studied and performed with masters of the violin
and other bowed instruments from Hungary, Greece, Turkey, the Middle
East, and Norway. She plays several Greek lyras, the Turkish bowed
tanbur and kabak kemane, the Egyptian rababa, the Norwegian
hardanger fiddle, and more. She plays village music from Hungary,
Greek music from various regions of Greece, Turkish classical and
folk music, and Arabic and Klezmer music. She has been the recipient
of many travel and research grants, including the NEA/Artists
International grant and the Radcliffe Bunting fellowship. She
performs regularly with several groups and as a soloist in The Art
of the Bow, which brings together the various bowed instrument
traditons as well as her original music, and she teaches workshops
and ensembles in universities throughout the U.S., Canada, and
Europe. As an Applied Music faculty member in the Tufts WEFT
program, Beth teaches the violin traditions mentioned above, as well
as European classical violin and Celtic music.
Jazz and Rock
Jazz/Rock - Electric Bass
Fernando Huergo born in Cordoba, Argentina in 1968. He has recording
over 60 albums, including three as leader and four as co-leader.
Fernando has toured in North, Central and South America, Europe and
Asia. He has given clinics in Argentia, Costa Rica, Brazil,
Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Portugal, England, France,
Germany, Sweden, Finalnd, Turkey, Japan and many American cities.
Fenando graduated from Berklee Collge of Music in 1992, where he has
been Assistant Professors in the Bass Department since 1996.
Jazz and Rock Guitar, and Ukulele
Jerry Bussiere has
studied jazz guitar, composition, and improvisation privately with Ross Adams,
John Scofield, Jerry Bergonzi and Charlie Banacos. In addition to extensive
performing in many styles of western popular music as an acoustic and electric
guitarist and vocalist, he has been a mainstay in the greater Boston Modern
Dance Community as an accompanist, composer and soundtrack producer. Jerry
brings the practical skills he has earned from more than forty years of working
as a band leader and free lance guitarist to the teaching studio. He
continues to expand his working knowledge of the guitar and it's application in
all forms of popular music, including Jazz, Rock, Blues, Country, Folk, Funk/R&B
and African and Latin American. Jerry is particularly fascinated with the
guitar as a unique and sophisticated harmonic template and it's potential to be
on par with the piano as a composer's tool. Jerry also plays bass guitar,
ukulele and a variety of hand drums and percussion instruments. He will
work with students who are on a professional track as well as those who wish to
play recreationally. All aspects of music may be taken into consideration,
including Jazz and Popular music theory, sight reading standard notation and
chord charts, and all aspects of fretboard knowledge and technique. Music
is selected based on the student's interests and goals. Jerry's personal
musical influences are many and varied and a brief list would include the
following: The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Meters, Paul Simon,, Joni Mitchell,
Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Ravi Shankar, Motown, Stax/Volt and
Muscle Shoals style Southern Soul Music, Sly Stone, James Brown, P-Funk, Jimi
Hendrix, T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters, BB King, Charlie Christian, Wes
Montgomery, Pat Martino, Jim Hall, Joe Pass, John McLaughlin, Django Reinhardt,
Paco DeLucia, Pierre Bensusan,, Egberto Gismonti, Tony Rice and Ali Farka Toure
and many more.
Fernando Michelin was born in Montevideo, Uruguay
and came to Boston in 1989 to study at Berklee College of Music. He has since
remained in the Boston area and has undoubtedly made his impact on
the jazz scene. His past bands have included such up and coming
artists as bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding and drummer
Richie Barshay. His discography includes Art, an album featuring
songs dedicated to modern visual artists, and Duende, an album
described in the Boston Globe as a "fluid and literate"
collaboration between the three featured artists. Entre Amigos will
be his ninth studio album. In addition to being a band leader,
Michelin has worked as a producer and as a sideman. He helped create
the awarded "Amores Torcidos" with Katie Viqueira and as a sideman
he has performed with icons like Jair Rodriguez and Maucha Adnet. He
is also an educator, working as a member of the applied faculty at
Stan Strickland, a singer, saxophonist, and flutist, has toured
extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, Scandinavia and the former
Soviet Union performing in clubs and concert halls including Jordan
and Symphony Halls in Boston, Carnegie Recital Hall and Town Hall in
NY and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He has been featured on
recordings by Bob Moses, Morty Ehrlich, Mama Tongue, Webster Lewis
and Brute Force, and with his own band, Legacy. He has composed many
original scores for television, video and dance productions. Mr.
Strickland is Adjunct Professor of Music and Movement at Lesley
College and teaches woodwinds at Longy School of Music, Boston
College and is Visiting Professor at Institutes in Finland, Holland
Paul Ahlstrand, saxophonist, holds a degree in Music Education from
Syracuse University. He has studied privately with Nick Brignola,
Bill Pierce, Jerry Bergonzi, and Charlie Banacos. He has performed
at night clubs and festivals throughout the US, Canada, and Europe
with a variety of artists, including The Four Tops, The Temptations,
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Toni Lynn Washington, Mighty Sam
McClain, Son Seals, Luther "Guitar Junior"Johnson, Susan Tedeschi
and many others. He is an active performer, studio musician,
arranger, and composer. A discography and current performance
schedule are available at www.paulahlstrand.com.
Jazz Times magazine states that "Patrice Williamson
isn't a singer, she's a one-woman jazz sampler. –She is a woman of many voices,
each distinctly intriguing all distinctly her own." A
native of Memphis, Tennessee, Patrice Williamson is a soulful singer who swings hard and is a
scintillating performer. She can scat with the best of them, and has rightly
been compared to Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan in publications such as the
Los Angeles Times and The All-Music Guide to Jazz. A favorite of both
Boston and Singapore's music scene, her sensitive ballad work and fluent scat style earned
her a coveted Best of Boston award.
She's also been heard at the Tanglewood and Marblehead Jazz Festivals, and both
of her independent recordings, My Shining
Hour and Free to Dream, have
received high praise from jazz critics around the country. Patrice received both
her Master's degree and an Artist Diploma from the famed New England
Conservatory of Music. In addition
to performing, Patrice is actively passing on her knowledge and love of the jazz
tradition through teaching at Berklee College of Music, Tufts University and at
The New School of Music in Cambridge, MA, ensuring that many young people will
have contact with this great American music.
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